MAY 2013 "“ THE ACCIDENT/SURGERY 1
On May 22, 2013, after spending a week with my cousin riding in Northern California, I said goodbye and started on my way back to Manhattan Beach (home). On my way down the coast I stopped at a track I had wanted to ride for years. Riding solo is not something condone, but this was my opportunity to go ride my dreamland.
On my fifth lap around the track, I misjudged a section and cartwheeled my body 25 feet off of the track. First instinct, I checked every body part and prayed that every limb had feeling. With my vision and awareness drifting in and out, I lifted my left arm and saw my collarbone nearly bulging through my skin.
As I came back to reality I started to grasp the fact that I still have three hours left of the drive home. Steering lightly with my right hand, my adrenaline got me home. When I got there I went straight to Urgent care for an X-ray which revealed my collar bone broken in four places. Two days, later i was rushed into emergency surgery which involved the insertion of a titanium plate and eleven screws.
JUNE 2013 "“ SURGERY 2
In the following weeks, I noticed that the skin around my foot-long scar looked infected. I went back to the doctor and he suggested a "cleaning surgery" to clean underneath the plate and to replace some of the screws. I had the surgery as recommended.
Following the cleaning surgery I was prescribed oral antibiotics, which the doctor later realized were insufficient. He then prescribed seven days of IV antibiotics. The IV antibiotics required that I drive to the hospital every day for the drip line. In addition, every three days I needed a new IV installation which was very draining physically and emotionally, not to mention time consuming and expensive.
Cost: $ 1,400
JULY 2013 - SURGERY 3
The IV antibiotics were still not working. The prescription for seven days was not enough to kill the bacteria, so the skin infection relapsed. To my dismay, I needed another cleaning surgery. This surgery was very similar to the previous, but this time I was prescribed IV antibiotics for 21 days straight.
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AUGUST 2013 "“ THE BONE STIMULATOR
Because my collar bone wasn't growing or healing fast enough, the doctor suggested using an at-home bone stimulator for eight weeks which was supposed to activate bone growth. I suspected that the infection was causing my pain and not slow bone growth, but I bought the apparatus and tried it out for two weeks. As my pain was increasing, I went back to the doctor and he ran some more tests. My bone was deeply infected, so the bone stimulator was useless. Due to the "fine print" on the bone stimulator, I was not able to return the device even though it was incorrectly prescribed to me.
Out of Pocket Cost: $1,100
OCTOBER 2013 "“ SURGERY 4
In October after many surgeries, antibiotics and no progress, I made an executive decision that I would change doctors to see a more experienced trauma surgeon who had extensive experience with the shoulder.
Under the direction of the new doctor, I had my fourth surgery to remove everything: the plate and all eleven screws. This was a pivotal day in the sense that I was starting fresh. The downside is that all of the prior surgeries, bills and pain I endured leading up to this surgery were for absolutely nothing; not to mention, I had six weeks of daily IV antibiotics in addition to oral antibiotics following the surgery.
Out of Pocket Cost:
With sights set on a fifth surgery in 2014, I have created this fundraiser to help with the medical bills. I have been out of work for over three months and I have over $15,000, NOT including my next surgery in medical bills.
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